Balmoral Castle the backdrop to the race

Golden Oldies Ready for Petrofac Challenge - 12 April 2011

Graham Laing and Simon Axon, who were among Britain's best road runners 25 years ago, are both keen to tackle the tough 13 mile Petrofac Challenge race through the more remote parts of the Royal estate.

Organisers of the Deeside meeting have added the multi-terrain event to the existing popular programme of races.

Laing, who finished seventh for Scotland in the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, said:"I don't race very much these days, but this sounds like a great event."

Axon, a Welsh international who has lived in the north east for almost 30 years, is equally keen to take part.

The Hunters Bog Trotters club member is a past winner of the City of Aberdeen Baker Hughes 10Km and the Inverness half marathon.

Event Director Alastair Simpson is delighted that the twoveterans are going to be there.
He said:"Graham and Simon were both members of the strong Aberdeen squad which dominated road running in the 1980's.

"It's tremendous that they'll both be competing in this race."

The inuagural Petrofac Challenge is likely to attract a field of 250 runners.

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